The Case for Hiking as the Ultimate Workout for Mental and Physical Health

This past weekend I went on a quick getaway to North Carolina to reset. It was a much needed chance to regroup, plan for the months ahead, connect with my husband, Chris, and enjoy a LOT of really good food and really good hiking. Definitely more food than hiking, but sometimes balance means leaning a…

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How To Fit Fitness Into Your Life

When I first started to commit to fitness I was in college. Not only did I have a full time class load, but I also worked 3 jobs totaling over 40 hours a week. Working the equivalent of a full time job as a full time student doesn’t leave a person with much time for…

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Is Eating Less Stalling Your Weight Loss Goals?

You’re frustrated. You’ve been great about tracking what you eat, making sure you exercise, and there is no possible way that you are taking in more calories than you are burning so why aren’t you losing weight? The reality is, eating less is not always the solution. In fact, I would say that at least…

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This is How Often You Need to Work Out to Get Results

The magic question: how much do I need to work out to…lose 10 pounds? get a six-pack? be strong enough to bench press 200 pounds?¬†You name a variation of this question and a trainer out there has heard it. Nobody wants to feel like a hamster on a wheel, working out without know if it…

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Do You Have Chronic Health Concerns? Stay Safe Working Out With These 3 Tips

Living with a chronic illness such as Fibromyalgia, Lyme, Hashimoto’s, Graves, Crohns, or Rheumatoid Arthritis is hard enough. Some days getting out of bed is the most that a person can muster and heading to work or school for the day is the mental and physical equivalent of finishing a marathon on a pogo stick.…

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The Common Workout Mistake That Is Stopping You From Losing Weight

P90x, Crossfit, OrangeTheory, SoulCycle, Zumba…the list of exercise programs goes on almost as long as the debate over which one is the best. If you are trying to burn as much fat as you can each day, but are at a loss for how to best do that, this post is for you. I want…

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Sleep Your Way To A Summer Body

What if I told you that all you have to do is sleep more and it will help you lose weight/bulk up/tone/whatever your fit little heart desires? Have I got your attention? You’ve been told a million times about the importance of eating well and breaking a sweat for reaching and maintaining a healthy body…

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Everything You Need to Know about Workout Nutrition

There is a lot of information out there about nutrient timing, especially when it comes to what we should eat before, during, and after exercise. Do you load up on carbs beforehand? Do you need BCAAs mid-workout to keep up your energy? If you aren’t able to chug a protein shake within 20 minutes of…

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The Myth of the Fat Burning Zone

If you’ve ever hopped on a treadmill or elliptical you’ve probably seen it: a screen that tells you when you are in the “fat burning zone” vs. the “cardio zone”. In theory, this means that you should stay at this zone to trick your body into burning more fat than carbs in your workout. Maybe…

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Have Your Cake and Lose Weight Too! 3 Tricks to Losing Weight Without Losing Your Mind.

When you decide to try and lose a few pounds, whats the first thing that you think you should do? Start some cardio? Cut out desserts? Usually, there are a few things that everybody gravitates toward, but it can be hard to follow through an create a concrete plan that works without leading to a…

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